Top 10 Things To Do in August 2019

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” – Billy Shakes (or William Shakespeare if you’re looking for a government name source).

Are we past the summer’s midway point? Not entirely, but August is jam-packed full of splendid warm-season events for you and the family to put on the docket.

The festivals reign supreme in Lake County. To find a full schedule of the summer party sessions, continue here.

What’s better than sipping on an adult drink while basking in the Lake County sun with your closest pals? Stroll down the Lake County Libation Trail and indulge in the locally-crafted beverages the area has to offer. Click here to learn more.

If you haven’t experienced the largest loop coaster in the world, the Maxx Force, you must head to Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor immediately.

For all things summer and the chance to nab free Six Flags Great America tickets, overnight stays at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort and a free boat excursion for a day compliments of SkipperBud’s, click here!

Let’s take a look at the top 10 things to do in August 2019.

1. Thunder on the Chain (Thursdays in August)

The Chain O’Lakes is far from placid on Thursday nights during the summer. Unfortunately, the rumble on the chain is coming to a close this month. Thunder on the Chain features the unique world of drag boat racing from June-September hosted by Blarney Island on Grass Lake. If you have the need for speed on a ‘school night,’ witness these fearless racers competing in nine different classes from the Northern Illinois Drag Boat Association as they sprint for the gold. Thunder on the Chain fields races through August 29.

2. Ravinia Festival (All August)


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Summer’s marquee event is in full swing. North America’s longest-running outdoor festival is featuring a plethora of humongous acts. Pack some snacks and sun hats and head out to Ravinia Festival. Here are a few notable acts in August. Click the info button for the entire month’s lineup.

  • Ringo Starr and the Beach Boys (Aug. 3-4) INFO »
  • Chicago (Aug. 10-11) INFO »
  • Sarah McLachlan (Aug. 12) INFO »
  • Nickelback & Buckcherry (Aug. 13-14) INFO »
  • Tchaikovsky Spectacular – 1812 Overture with Cannons starring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Aug. 18) INFO »
  • Sting (Aug 23-24) INFO »
  • Queen Latifah and Common (Aug. 31) INFO »

3. Lake County Farmers Markets (All August)


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Shopping for produce at a farmers market is not only a great way to support Lake County, but it’s an excellent opportunity to enjoy the beautiful summer weather with the family. Lake County farmers markets offer locally-grown produce, prepared bites, spices, meats, pastries, bread and so much more. Here are some farmers markets closing their doors the year in September. Click the info button for a full list of Lake County’s Farmers Markets

  • Antioch’s Farmers Market (Thursdays through Sept. 26) INFO »
  • College of Lake County Farmers Market in Grayslake (through October) INFO »
  • Deerfield’s Farmers Market (Saturdays through Oct. 12) INFO »
  • Didier Farms’ Farm Stand (Open Daily) INFO »
  • Fox Lake Farmers Market (Tuesdays through Sept. 24) INFO »
  • Grayslake Farmers Market (Wednesdays through Sept. 25) INFO »
  • East Grand Farmers Market in Gurnee (Every third Sunday through October) INFO »
  • Lake Zurich Farmers Market (Fridays through Sep. 7) INFO »
  • MainStreet Libertyville Farmers Market (Thursdays through Oct. 7) INFO »
  • Mundelein’s Farmers Market (Fridays through Sept. 27) INFO »
  • Ravinia Farmers Market in Highland Park (Wednesdays through Oct. 30) INFO »
  • Vernon Hills Farmers Market (Thursdays through Aug. 29) INFO »
  • Zion Farmers Market (Thursdays through Sept. 27) INFO »

4. Great Lakes Brick by Brick LEGO Ship  Building at the National Museum of the American Sailor (August 3)

Your youngsters can become the new master builders to work with Emmet Brickowski and Wyldstyle. The National Museum of the American Sailor hosts their inaugural LEGO Brick By Brick event to share their masterpieces. Children ages four-to-12 years old can enter either the Home Build Competition or the On-Site Competition to contest against other master builders. LEGO constructors can also enter to win a LEGO Store gift card. The U.S. Navy event also features LEGO activities, building education and fare from the Naval Station Great Lakes’ Morale, Welfare and Recreation Food Truck.

5. Bristol Renaissance Faire (All August; Saturdays & Sundays)


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Lords and maidens have must travel back in time to the Bristol Renaissance Faire just over the Wisconsin border. Explore a handful of 16th-century marketplaces, thrilling pub crawls, mouthwatering food, live entertainment and an abundance of fun with fellow fantasy fanatics. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite Renaissance-era attire while enjoying the sights and sounds of old-timey England. The upcoming themed weekends include Monsters & Magic (Aug. 3-4), SteamPunk Ivansion (Aug. 10-11), Heroes & Villains (Aug. 17-18) and more. The Bristol Renaissance Faire runs through Labor Day Weekend.

6. Tempel Lipizzans in Old Mill Creek (August 3, 11, 14, 17, 21 and 25)

The famous white stallions of Old Mill Creek have entertained audiences for six decades with their flying horse movements, four-horse ballet and other historical nuggets. The Lipizzaner Stallions have been an enchanting fixture in Lake County for 60 years. Each of the equine routines is set to music, displaying classical horsemanship that has been practiced in Europe since the 16th century. The Old Mill Creek stable and performance area will end their season in August.

7. Summer Festivals in Lake County (All August)


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It’s festival season in Lake County. The sun is out, the streets are over-saturated with humans hunting for a party to cut a rug to live Spotify, exploring their palate for a bite of enchanting eats and drinks, seeking the thrills of a lifetime on all of the carnival rides and so much more.

  • Festival of the Arts/MainStreet Libertyville Dessert Walk/First Fridays (Aug. 2-4)
  • Jazz & Wine Festival at Deer Park Town Center (Aug. 3) INFO »
  • North Point Marina’s Harbor Days Festival and Venetian Night in Winthrop Harbor (Aug. 3) INFO »
  • Taste of the Towns in Lake Zurich (Aug. 4) INFO »
  • Gurnee Days – Hooray for Hollywood (Aug. 8-11) INFO »
  • Lincolnshire Art Festival (Aug. 10-11) INFO »
  • Grayslake Summer Days (Aug. 16-17) INFO »
  • Little Bear Ribfest in Vernon Hills (Aug. 16-17) INFO »
  • Long Grove Vintage Days (Aug. 17-18) INFO »
  • Heroes Night in Lincolnshire (Aug. 23) INFO »
  • Grayslake Color Aloft Balloon Fest (Aug. 24) INFO »
  • Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park (Aug. 24-24) INFO »
  • Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow in Zion (Aug. 24-25) INFO »
  • Jubilee Days Fest in Zion (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) INFO »
  • Long Grove Irish Days (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) INFO »

8. After Hours Buzz at Chicago Botanic Garden (August 8 & 22)

What’s the buzz at Chicago Botanic Garden? On August 8 and 22, science admirers can enjoy booze, bites and bees (please don’t ingest the bees) at the Glencoe, Illinois’s sanctuary as they feature the After Hours Buzz event! The August 8 event will feature Dr. Jeremie Fant’s Restoration Genetics segment. Fant is a professor and conservation scientist in biological sciences at Northwestern University. The August 22 buzz is highlighted by Dr. Amy M. Iler’s Circle Garden segment.  Iler is also a conservation scientist and Northwestern professor with a concentration in population and community ecology.

9. Jukebox Saturday Night at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington (August 17)

Dave Wickerham and Mark Demmin head to the Sanfilippo Estate for the concert series performance at the beautiful Barrington mansion. Wickerham, a fantastic organist taking the helm with the estate’s Wurlitzer with crooner Demmin will provide all the favorites from the jukebox with tunes ranging from the 1930s-1960s.  A warm August night and the nostalgic sounds from the organ are a great way to spend your summer evening.

10. Jurassic Quest at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Grayslake (August 30-September 2)

The land of the lost is now found. The Lake County Fairgrounds host Jurassic Quest through Labor Day. The Grayslake exhibit features over 80 realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Visitors can learn, interact and even ride some of these giant life-like lizards. The event is highlighted by, lifelike scenes, cute baby dinosaurs, fossil digs for your young paleontologists, the ‘Dino Bounce area,’ that includes dino-themed inflatable mazes, face painting and much more. Jurassic Quest is the largest exhibition of life-sized, moving museum-quality dinosaurs in North America.

For a more extensive list of the top 10 things to do in August 2019, continue here.


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